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les voyageurs.

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on my frequent walks to the river

each time passing this sign 

i wondered –

often someone chopping wood

putting up canoes, cooking outside

peaceful communal living

until i learned the intriguing backstory

and understood

the amazing spirit of this society.

Society of Les Voyageurs

As the oldest continually active student group on the University of Michigan campus (founded in 1907), the Society of Les Voyageurs upholds a long-standing tradition of convening over the love for nature and the out of doors.  The Society owns a cabin on the Huron River just north of downtown called Habe Mills Pine Lodge that was built in 1927 to house the Society, its activities, as well as those members who choose to live there.  The group also hosts potluck dinners every Sunday at 6pm, followed by a program from a professor or a community member pertaining to learning more about the out of doors.  The group is known to embark occasionally on casual outings such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, cross-country skiing, etc.

*”si le voyageur n’espere rien, il ne verra ce que voient les yeux.”

-eric-emmanuel schmitt (franco-belgian playwright, novelist, film director)

*(If the traveler does not hope for anything, he will only see what the eyes see.)

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021

a poem of motion.

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early evening in the park on the river in spring

crew teams have returned with the birds. 

“all were merged into one smoothly working machine;

they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”

-Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Olympics

 

 

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021

being empty.

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aftermath of our afternoon trip down the river – 2020 style

what started out as a promising enterprise

full of air and up on top

 waylaid by the first set of cascades

day’s lazy dreams dashed against the rocks

so quickly deflated

 yet just as suddenly

floated back up

found a way 

after all

not as planned

this will always be remembered as the year that was

for so many reasons

that taught us how to make it to the end

safety vests strapped on and fingers crossed

even if we had to body surf our way through it

or borrow a raft now and then. 

“there is even rhythm in being empty.”

-miyamoto musashi

pizza on the move.

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crossed paths with a pizza out for a stroll

 on a mission

 headed for the river

 pizza was sliced and ready

to float

to swim

to shoot the cascades

 perfect conditions today for a pizza.

 

“the closest thing I use to beauty products is the grease on the pizza from John’s Pizzeria.”

-mark feuerstein

rejoice.

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headed off on a family fun river raft float trip 

not real relaxing as expected

but lots of adventures/misadventures instead

so many laughs and we all survived

who could ask for anything more?

“rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.” 

-melissa marr, darkest mercy

 

 

argo park, huron river, Ann Arbor, michigan, u.s.a. – summer 2019

where do unicorns go?

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you never really know who’ll sail your way.

 


in the sea, the fish have learned to fly,
on a moonlit night on wings of silver,
as the enchanted stars sail serenely by.
do they know where do unicorns go?
where winged horses fly?…
~Jimmy Webb, “In the Sea,” Das Letzte Einhorn, 1982

 

 

 

 

 

huron river, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2018